Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hot Dog!

As promised, I'm back again with another Father's Day card.

This one depicts a likeness of our grill, which is an orange and silver STOK.  Our little Geena Bea guards it with all her might when her daddy is cooking, not letting the other two dogs anywhere near it.  The sentiment on the inside reads:
"You can tell a lot about your Owners 
By how they handle Tangled Leashes,
Rainy Days and Mangled Shoes".

It is produced by Dog Stamps Mas and I don't have a clue where I bought it, but I imagine it was from a trip where I visited local stamp stores.  Of course, Geena Bea stamped her pawprint and told her daddy "happy father's day" and how happy she is to guard his dog!

I used Lil Inker stitched dies, MB grill and I'm not certain about the label die.  I used sparkly DCWV paper.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pattie's Creations - Father's Day
The Male Room - Father's Day
MilkCoffee - Father's Day

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...
kathy b

Friday, June 13, 2014

Music to our ears

Happy Friday the 13th!
I'm back with a Father's Day card to share.  This one is from our pups to their daddy...

Three little images depicting our 3 little pups.  Not bad likenesses of them, either!  Here's what "they" wrote on the inside:

I used images from a variety of companies.  The dp is from DCWV.  The peek-a-boo die and the pawprint die are both from MFT.  There's a strip of black ribbon behind the peek-a-boo die cut.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pattie's Creations - Father's Day or Wedding
Creative Moments - monochromatic
The Male Room - Father's Day
MilkCoffee Challenge - Father's Day
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe - circles, ribbon, die cuts

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back with another card tomorrow.

kathy b

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thanks for Caring

Well, no more promises, guesstimates, whatever, regarding how often I will post.  This time it is health issues keeping me away.  Perhaps if I just let life happen, I will be able to get back in the groove!
Today's card is for a very special donor who gave a nice sized donation to the animal rescue for which I volunteer (Out of the Woods).  She doesn't live within a 1000 miles of us, but saw fit to make a contribution that will provide medical care for a number of our babies.  We are so fortunate to have such generous donors, and as the donor/memorial coordinator, I try to make special cards for our special donations.
I used the sketch from MOJO Monday 347.
I am also entering:
Kit & Clowder - flowers
I used stash paper, MFT flower and leaf dies, Lil Inker stitched circle, and Verve sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by!
kathy b

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Well, I guess I wasn't so ready to get back to blogland on a regular basis just yet.  I've been dealing with some medical issues for the last month and that has left me with little energy for much other than just getting through the day.  However, over the past couple of days, I managed to put together a birthday card for my dear friend, Margaret, who, BTW, has become my advisor for all things in the supplement realm.  I am not having much confidence in conventional medicine at this point.  Those guys need lessons in listening and communicating!  Ok, enough of that, on to the card.

But first, let me share a photo of a cute little cardinal baby.  There are actually 3 in the nest, but only one looked at the camera!  This little guy's parents made a nest right out our patio door in a ligustrum shrub.  We watch them coming and going all day long, as we have a feeder visible from our kitchen, and a short diagonal flight from their nest.  

This is the first time we have had cardinal babies!

Now for the card...

You will notice that the sentiment says "belated".  Well, that's because her BD is tomorrow but her card is still with me.  Her presents have not arrived yet, so I procrastinated with the card since it will go in the package with the gifts.  So technically, it's not late yet, and she will see it on time, but it won't be in her hands until later!  I had expected her gifts to arrive earlier in the week and then I would expedite them to her, but that just didn't happen.  It'll be okay because it's stamping stuff and that makes it worth the wait! Ha!

PTI - Mehndi Medallion Large
Cas-ual Friday - sentiment
Embossalicious 6" folder
Ranger Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder
DCWV magenta cs

I am entering the following challenges:

Seize the Birthday - flowers or AG
Southern Girls - Dots and Spots
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Circles and Squares
Sparkle & Sprinkle - AG with embossing

Thanks for stopping by!  I "intend" to be back soon!

Happy Birthday Margaret!!!

kathy b

Saturday, April 19, 2014

You're My Top Dog

As promised, I'm back with card 2 for my DH.  
This one is from the dogs...

This is as CAS as it can be, which is totally not my style.  However, this beautiful stamp is so stunning that I did not want to overshadow it with embellishments! I used Spellbinders Labels #4 to cut out the image which is from Inky Antics by the Shady Tree Studio.  It comes in a set with 3 sentiments and a cat/bird scene, as well.  I am in love with the beauty of this stamp and there is a story there.

Our sweet Schmitzy that we lost just before Thanksgiving had a love/hate relationship with tortoises.  So much so that my DH bought me a tortoise charm necklace for Christmas in memory of our dear boy.  Schmitzy would find them in the woods, even when deeply hidden amongst leaves and brush.  He would then pick one up and carry it around, all the while growling.  I would take it away from him and go hide it in another part of the woods.  N.o tortoises were ever harmed other than frightened by their ride in my dog's mouth.  One particular one had been marked with nail polish by someone and this one came back repeatedly!  So when I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it!  What is really cool is that I won this set!!!  Anyway, this will be to Glenn from Sammie, Geena Bea and Abigail.

I am entering the following challenges:

Time Out - birthday with optional masculine twist
Tok Bobok -CAS
Simon Says Stamp - animal antics
Crafting Musketeers - monochrome

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

kathy b

Friday, April 18, 2014

For You

Not too bad...I skipped yesterday but am back today!
As promised, a BD card for the DH.

I experimented with my new TE sunburst die.  It was a little more difficult to work with than I had imagined.  We are both really excited about this baseball season, so I used some stash baseball dp.  I picked up the For You stamp when Margaret and I were in New York at The Ink Pad (PC).  That was back when we were first getting started in stamping and we went berzerk!  I think we each spent about $300!!!  We were in there for hours and famished by the time we were through.  We stopped at the first place we could find to eat and that turned out to be a good choice, considering our minds were mush by that point!  I've used this stamp a lot.  I like the marquee look to it.  I used punches and foam tape to make it stand out.

On the inside I used an Inkadinkado stamp by Dawn Houser to go along with my baseball theme: How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige

I am entering the following challenges:

Time Out - birthday with optional male twist
Cut it Up - must use diecuts, birthday
The Crafting Cafe - One for the Boys

Thanks for stopping by.  I have another birthday card to share tomorrow.

kathy b

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wish Big!

Hi Everyone!
I cannot believe I haven't posted since January 31!   Thank goodness for Margaret, who was able to post here and there.  So much has happened in the last 11 weeks, the majority of it not so good.  I know Margaret told you a couple of things - my good friend being diagnosed with inoperable, incurable cancer and my sweet Sadie, who was 16, had to be put to sleep on February 25, 2014.  She was my first agility dog and helped me get through all the bad times that happened in her lifetime.  She was so sensitive.  She was also quite funny.

One day she just decided to crawl into the toy basket with all her stuffed animals.  She was a hoot and I miss her so very much.  The good news is that my friend is doing quite well right now, undergoing chemo, and her doc is very pleased with her progress, yea!  I also resigned my DT position with Aud Sentiments because I was just overwhelmed with life at the time.  They were so gracious with me and I appreciate their kindness since I had recently agreed to another term and then needed to resign.  They are great ladies, please stop by and visit that challenge!

Okay, on to the card.  This is the first card I have made in all these months.  Margaret's lovely youngest daughter just had her 13th birthday and I am sending a belated card (and gift card).  Shame on me!!!  But she is a good kid and understands.  My dogs love her!

I must say, I went all out and used all kinds of supplies!  Here's a list:

Dies - 
Die-Versions Whispers Spring Tree, Impression Obsession bunnies, Lil Inker Designs sun and clouds, Memory Box tulips, Papertrey candles, MFT grass.

The Greeting Farm Miss Anya Love
MFT Pure Innocence Believe in Magic sentiment

MME Memorable


Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Atyou Spicas, Wink of Stella white

Heat set white tails using Wink of Stella then 
sponged color on the bunnies, fussy cut Ms. Anya, paper-piecing,

then created a step fold base card using the video at Technique Time Tuesday.

foam tape, VLVS Magic tape

My tip for Tip Top Tuesday: using lots of die cuts is an easy way to put a scene together.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Technique Time Tuesday - step fold card
The Paper Girls - card for a 13yo birthday girl!!!
Party Time Tuesday - die cut party {i used almost a dozen!}
Tip Top Tuesday - paper-piecing
Try it on Tuesday - more than one fold

I  must say, it's good to be back at the table again and I think I was inspired to go big since this card is late.  Hopefully she will think it was worth waiting for!!!  Thanks for stopping by.  I am going to try to be more regular in posting.  My DH has a birthday on Saturday, so I am guaranteed to be back before then!!!

kathy b